10/28/2012 08:31 EDT | Updated 12/28/2012 05:12 EST

Canada's Brad Fritsch earns PGA Tour card; fellow Canuck Adam Hadwin misses out

MCKINNEY, Texas - One Canadian earned his PGA Tour card for next season, while another came agonizingly close.

Ottawa's Brad Fritsch will play with the big boys in 2013 after firing a 69 in Sunday's final round of the Tour Championship to finish eight shots back of winner Justin Bolli, who closed with a 6-under 65.

The top 25 players on the overall money list earned PGA Tour cards.

Fritsch's finish put him into the top-25 along with Bolli, who earned $180,000 to move from No. 44 to No. 9 with his two-shot victory over James Hahn. Fritsch moved to No. 18 overall, with his total earnings for the year at $186,168.

Adam Hadwin wasn't as fortunate. The Abbotsford, B.C., golfer closed with a 65, getting up-and-down from behind the green on the par-5 18th at the TPC Craig Ranch for one last birdie.

He was projected to go from No. 48 to No. 25 on the money list and earn his Tour card if he stayed in a three-way tie for second with Hahn and Morgan Hoffman, who closed with a 64.

It didn't happen.

Hahn's second shot into the 18th went well right of the green and onto a cart path. He took a free drop, and then lofted a chip that stopped just inside three feet from the pin. Hahn knocked in the short birdie putt to finish alone in second place.

Hadwin, who would have made $74,667 for a three-way tie for second, earned $58,000 for his two-way tie for third. The difference was enough to allow Jim Herman to finish 25th on the money list.

Hoffman, who started the year with no status on the Tour, was No. 31 on the money list and easily cracked the top-25 to graduate to the PGA Tour. Doug LaBelle was at No. 26 and tied for 13th to also move into the top-25.

"I attacked very well today," Hoffman said after posting the lowest score Sunday. "It worked out great. I'm sitting here happy now. I feel like I have to go to a Monday qualifier, it's so ingrained what I've been doing the last year-and-a-half. It just feels great."

Hudson Swafford (23), Joseph Bramlett (24) and Camilo Benedetti (25) fell out of the top-25. Their next stop will be Q-school for PGA Tour cards. Benedetti wound at No. 26, $940 behind Herman.

Bolli finished the tournament at 16-under 268.

Casey Wittenberg won the Tour money list, meaning he is eligible for The Players Championship and has guaranteed status all year.

This is the final year of the top 60 players from the Tour money list meeting in a Tour Championship to decide the 25 cards.

Next year, the top-25 on the Tour money list will be assured their PGA Tour cards, but they will join the next 50 players from the Tour money list and 75 players from the PGA who fail to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Those players will compete in four tournaments called "The Finals," where 25 additional PGA Tour cards will be awarded. Those who already finished in the top-25 on the Tour money list will be playing the four-event series to determine only their ranking for the 2013-14 season that will start next October.

The final event of that series will be played on the Valley Course at the TPC Sawgrass.

Notes: Hoffman, Luke Guthrie and Ben Kohles finished among the top-25 without having any status at the start of the year. The others to earn cards were Russell Henley, Luke List, Shawn Stefani, Robert Streb, David Lingmerth, Justin Hicks, Paul Haley II, Cameron Percy, Andres Gonzales, Scott Gardiner, Lee Williams, Darron Stiles, Brian Stuard, Andrew Svoboda, Nicholas Thompson and Alistair Presnell.

— With files from The Associated Press